Turkish coffee culture has an original identity and tradition with its special taste, foam, cooking, presentation. It is one main element in religious aids, relatives and neighbors visits.
TURKISH COFFEE RITUAL
Turkish coffee culture and tradition itself is a symbol of hospitality, friendship, refinement and entertainment that permeates all walks of life. An invitation for coffee among friends provides an opportunity for intimate talk and the sharing of daily concerns.
Turkish coffee also plays an important role on social occasions such as engagement ceremonies and holidays; its knowledge and rituals are transmitted informally by family members through observation and participation. The grounds left in the empty cup are often used to tell a person’s fortune.
Turkish coffee is regarded as part of Turkish cultural heritage, it is celebrated in literature and songs, and is an indispensable part of ceremonial occasions.
PREPARING TURKISH COFFEE
Turkish coffee combines special preparation and brewing techniques with a rich communal traditional culture.
The freshly roasted beans are ground to a fine powder; then the ground coffee, cold water and sugar are added to a coffee pot and brewed slowly on a stove to produce the desired foam. Turkish coffee is served in small cups, accompanied by a glass of water, and is mainly drunk in coffee-houses where people meet to converse, share news and read books.
UNESCO INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE
A ritual of precision, unique tools, bold flavor and fortunetelling. All rooted in a culture of the warmest hospitality. No wonder why UNESCO has placed Turkish coffee is on its List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
UNESCO Identity Card:
Official Name: Turkish Coffee Culture and Tradition
Criteria: Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity
Date added to UNESCO List: 2013